G.I.R.L.S. Ranch is a non-profit, faith-based organization that is committed to working with girls, ages 9-17, in the middle Tennessee area who come from hard places.
We are dedicated to investing in the emotional and spiritual lives of girls who come from hard places and encourage them to live to their fullest potential.
G.I.R.L.S. Ranch is committed to providing a non-judgemental, safe, nurturing environment where girls can take part in a new life experiences in order to restructure their sense of self and make positive changes that will last a lifetime.
Founder and Executive Director
Shannon is from Nashville, Tennessee and received her undergraduate from MTSU and graduated from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA with a Masters of Arts in Counseling. She has also been a Nationally Certified Counselor since 2007. In addition to working with inner-city and troubled youth since the late nineties; her experiences include working as an addictions counselor at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Hospital, Mental Health Liaison for Centerstone in Davidson County high schools and professional school counselor in Rutherford County, TN. She serves as a member of National Board of Certified Counselor and received her Certificate as a Certified Trauma Specialist in 2010 . Shannon has a desire to help empower and inspire young girls to achieve their dreams and be overcomers. She loves spending time with her husband outdoors, traveling, and taking her boxer, Titan to the park.
"I love G.I.R.L.S. Ranch....it’s like a second home or kind of feels like my first. I feel loved here and have grown to be more open and honest. I have also learned how to be more trusting of people."
"I love G.I.R.L.S. Ranch because when I come to group, I am challenged to think more about my relationship with God. I feel like I have grown more mature in my spiritual life. Since coming to group, I feel like I have gained more wisdom. I have learned how to let more people in my life and not be so quick to shut them out; with the help of the leaders and other girls, I’ve learned how to let more people in my life without shutting them out so quickly."
"I love that I can be myself at G.I.R.L.S. Ranch. My attitude has gotten much better since coming on Thursday nights. I have started opening up and stopped being so mad at everything. I’ve learned the important things in life....like my relationship with God!"
"I love being able to express myself without wondering if people are going to judge me. I love that I can be honest here. Since coming on Thursday nights, I have learned that I’m not the only one who struggles with my self worth. I’ve learned that God loves me for who I am and I should not change who I am for anyone."
"I love the family atmosphere at G.I.R.L.S. Ranch where we can talk, share our feelings and meet new friends. We have fun too. As soon as I came to G.I.R.L.S. Ranch , I found freedom and began to worship God more!"
"I love coming to G.I.R.L.S. Ranch because I can tell ya’ll things that I can’t tell others. I love that there is a focus on God, and I’ve noticed that I pray more and have a better relationship with Him. Coming to group on Thursday nights also helped me control my anger."
"I love having a place to lean on when I need help or see that I do share similar experiences with others. Coming on Thursday nights has helped me learn how to overcome my social anxiety."
"I love the supportive atmosphere of G.I.R.L.S. Ranch. Every time you walk in you feel warmth and love. I have noticed some things in my life that have changed since coming here every week. I have grown closer to God and feel confident in being more open. I have noticed that I have also become more accepting of my self. The leaders tell me they have noticed me smiling more.”
"I love that I can share whatever I need to talk about at G.I.R.L.S. Ranch and no one judges me. Coming to group has really allowed me to cope with my struggles at home."